we are using a VMWare guest SLES11.3 x86_64 and try to use LVM with ext3 as a datastore.

The problem is that the LVM VolGroup do not show up in /dev

We can see the vm devices in fdisk and created a volgroup to add the disks.

But the VolGoup will not be mapped to /dev/ORAPOOL but we do not understand why

lboptb01:/dev # pvs
PV VG Fmt Attr PSize PFree
/dev/sdb1 ORAPOOL lvm2 a-- 60.00g 0
/dev/sdc1 ORAPOOL lvm2 a-- 20.00g 0
/dev/sdd1 ORAPOOL lvm2 a-- 10.00g 0

lboptb01:/dev # lvs
LV VG Attr LSize Pool Origin Data% Move Log Copy% Convert
u01 ORAPOOL -wi------ 89.99g

lboptb01:/dev # lvdisplay
--- Logical volume ---
LV Name /dev/ORAPOOL/u01
LV UUID Y0Bwrl-i410-7cEn-nUK2-nu4G-Nqqr-ZUNzhy
LV Write Access read/write
LV Creation host, time lboptb01, 2014-04-24 14:17:40 +0200
LV Status NOT available
LV Size 89.99 GiB
Current LE 23037
Segments 3
Allocation inherit
Read ahead sectors auto

Thanks for advice